I am thankful that 15 years ago not only the love of my life walked into my life but that with him also walked in a new friend for life…my dear friend Femke.
Being my husband’s best friend’s wife it was obvious that our paths would cross, but less obvious it is to find a true connection and that’s exactly how it feels!
Back in the days she already touched me with her phenomenal piano play as if every note she played brought a silent message to the soul. To find out that the depth in her play, she also has in her interaction with people only reinforced my love and respect for her.
We both moved abroad, knowing there would be challenging times ahead, knowing that we both were badly needed to help the family make a home in a foreign location without the aid of a traditional support network. Both having left our jobs, finding ourselves dependent on our husbands financially, emotionally and socially. Without the career, friendships, family and hobbies that had previously formed the core of our self-identity.
We learned along the way that it is challenging but refreshing at the same time, as meeting different people, being thrown back onto yourself is inspirational. It not only increases your self-knowledge about it also brings out interests, passions and talents that would probably not ever have come out if you would have stayed in your safe environment.
And so it happened that dear Femke found a new way of expressing her creativity!
Today she will come all the way to Houston to bring us one of her last paintings. A painting I immediately fell in love with as to me it symbolizes the struggle of finding yourself in a foreign country but at the same time the huge empowerment an adventure like this can give you.
We have always said…despite all the complaints, one day we will thank our husbands for taking us out of our comfort zone!
Curious which painting we chose? If you click here you’ll find out!